Some of you asked about the ruffled leggings LilPotato was wearing under the Eriqua dress (FREE pattern delivered to all newsletter subscriber’s email): there they are! You can self-draft them from a pair of existing leggings (right size or smaller, it’s easy to make them bigger/longer!) and I’m sharing a tutorial about sewing them literally from scratch!
It’s a refashion… check all our inspiration here on Pinterest and join us!
PS: I'm including a bonus tip for using all those pieces of fabrics not long enough ...
read more and you’ll know how frugal am I!
What you need:
- a couple of old t-shirts in contrasting (or matching colors)
- elastic for the waistband (I like the 2 cm height stuff, long as your daughter/model’s waist)
- thread, scissors, sewing machine
- a pair of existing leggings (right size or slightly small/short, it’s not a problem!) – and the red with bears ones you see are handmade from me!
Let’s go: First of all you have to outline your leggings on t-shirt fabric fold in half (you need the most stretchy direction horizontally or you’ll end with non-wearable leggings –> not good!). You’ll have two pieces (one for each leg) and no lateral seams: it’s the simplest and fastest kind of leggings you can sew!
Tip: stretch the elastic on the waistband as you draw, to have the exact width of the waistband, not the stretched one ;)
As you can see, my fabric wasn’t long enough so I cheated just a little… follow me!
Notice that I put my leggings leaving out the waistband on top and the hem on bottom (consider that the red ones were just a little short – my daughter is growing up!!!) I added a piece of t-shirt on bottom (keeping the original hem – I don’t have a coverstitch machine, so I try to keep original hems as soon as I can!); from my Mod Dress I had some violet t-shirt fabrics left, so I cut stripes 3 cm height, long 2 times the leg hem (more or less).
Then sew the main fabrics to the hemmed one, Right Sides Facing (Now: RSF):
Consider doing all two legs 😉 then press seam allowances
Now, the ruffles! Let’s machine baste along the middle of each ruffle-to-be strip (use your longest stitch and no tension at all, then simply pull your bobbin thread until you reach desired length!)
Tip: use different color thread and leave bobbin tail longer... It will be easier to pull the right one and then to pull of the basting later!
Pin each strip in place, right above the seam you made between main leggings piece and the bottom hem, so you’ll hide it!
Pin, pin, pin:
Now sew right next to the basted seam (not above it!), so you can easily remove the basting without breaking your sewing thread 😉
Now put your legging’s legs one above the other, RSF, and sew crotches, front and back separately. I use a triple stitch here, just to be “sure” my little earthquake called LilPotato won’t end showing her (cute) underwear! Then I add on top a 4-thread secure stitch with my serger… because I know my chicken!
Fold them on the other side and sew inside legs, starting from an ankle, ending to the other.
Turn inside out:
Yeah, looking good!!
Now, the waistband.
Measure your model’s waist and cut a piece of elastic long of the same length, overlap it on his ends and secure it with “some” stitch:
Cut one last strip of t-shirt fabric, long as your leggings waist (plus a couple of cm) and height 2,5 times your elastic height (mine is 2+2+1=5 cm) and close it as a circle, sewing the low sides together, RSF.
Serge one of the long sides and pin (the sew) the other one to the waist, RSF.
Now put the elastic inside his casing
Fold the waistband around the elastic and pin it along the existing waist seam
Stitch in the ditch and… you’re done!
Enjoy this self-portrait my 4-and-a-half sweet daughter made… she’s learning to use the camera and the macro function… not that bad, agree?